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My language learning journey in 2024

The past few years I’ve used the month of December to decide what to do in the new year. So what about 2024?

I’ve had a few languages that I invested a lot of time in but then along the way life happened and I couldn’t or I didn’t want to continue with them on a regular basis. Last December I decided to try to reactivate these languages together with 3 priority languages.

But now at the end of the first month of 2024 I find myself with four extra languages that suddenly one way or another are wandering around me every day.

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Do you remember the moment you fell in love with languages?

I think it is very difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when I fell in love with languages as it is something that has grown very slowly.

A very important moment was for sure when my secondary school organised an exchange with a school from Tricarico, Italy. After two weeks in Tricarico, I was already able to speak some basic ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น. Immersion really helps to pick up a language.

More importantly…


My new language adventure: Kenny goes ITALKI

How did this new adventure of mine start?

How did I end up teaching 500 lessons to almost 100 different students in less than 3 months?

I am an introvert. No, I award myself the title Mr. Introvertโ€™83. I have no idea how some people donโ€™t start sweating when they meet new people. I start sweating when I know there is a POSSIBILITY, I MIGHT have to meet someone new sometime in the future.

Language challenge #40h7dLC

If you want to study 40 hours in 7 days, you’d better prepare yourself. Actually, it’s doesn’t matter what you study, how you study or how much you study, prepping yourself properly is ๐Ÿ”‘ KEY ๐Ÿ”‘ and will save you precious time. It took me about an hour to get a proper schedule ready for this challenge (and an extra hour to get the design right).


Play the latest news (Google)

This is WHY I use the Google Home and Google Assistant apps during my language learning adventures.
1. to maintain my languages (even when time is scarce)
2. to introduce some authentic listening from day 1
3. to check my progress in my target languages

I sing, tu chantes, hij zingt, ella canta

Same singer, other language:
– Axelle ๐Ÿ”ด Red ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
– The queen ๐Ÿ‘‘ della musica italiana and Co ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Queen ๐Ÿ‘‘ Cรฉline Dion ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
– Let’s dance with J.Lo ๐Ÿ•บ, Enrique ๐Ÿ’ƒ, Shakira ๐Ÿ‘ฏ and Mika ๐Ÿฉฐ!

Reporting for duty: Elsa, Timon, Pumbaa, Aladdin, Mulan and Co.

These guys and gals are the ones I turn to when I’ve just started a ๐Ÿ†• language.

Disney has an abundance of songs available and what’s more important to you as language learner/lover/addict (delete as appropriate) they exist in a myriad of languages and often also in different versions of the same language (๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ and ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท and ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ and ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช).